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COVID testing center now open at Maverik Stadium By Taylor Cripe NEWS CONTENT MANAGER

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tah State University announced on Oct.13 that it was expanding COVID-19 testing for employees and students at the Logan Main campus. The news came the same week USU saw its lowest COVID case count in weeks. According to the press release, USU’s new testing site is Maverik Stadium. The stadium is right across from Aggie Village. Testing is free to both students and employees and is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. USU has already been doing testing at the Student Health and Wellness Center. However, according to public information officer Emilie Wheeler, USU is now able to process

tests in its own labs. “We have a special certification to run tests in the USU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab,” Wheeler said. “Before that we had to send the tests elsewhere.” Wheeler said it took several months for USU to get certified to run tests on its own campus. The new testing site will also allow around 180 cases to be processed a day. This will make it easier for those who do not have symptoms to get tested. “It depends on each day’s case load,” Wheeler said, “but more available testing means that people without symptoms could be seen almost immediately.” She also said individuals can expect to get test results back within 24-48 hours. Individuals who have COVID symptoms will still fill out the COVID questionnaire. After the questionnaire is received, USU will pre-approve the individual for a rap-

id test. Symptomatic individuals will be asked to stay at home until they receive negative test results. Students and employees who do not have symptoms can schedule their test through Aggie Health. Anyone who has come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID will be asked to wait five to seven days after last contact before being tested. The week of Oct. 5, the USU community had 324 active COVID cases. Earlier last week, the number of active cases fell below 200. After 15 new cases were added today, the number now sits at 210. This is the first time since USU began its fall semester that the number of COVID-19 cases has decreased from a previous week. –taylor.cripe1@aggiemail.usu.edu @cripe_taylor

University study finds women are lacking in Utah government By Ashlyn Hughes NEWS STAFF WRITER

The Utah Women & Leadership Project, or UWLP, recently released the final installment of their three-part research study concerning the representation of women leaders in both administrative and elected government positions. The research is being conducted by April Townsend, Susan R. Madsen, Candice Pierucci and Brooke Smith.

The most recent brief focuses on female representation in government on a municipal level. The study found that women hold only 29.1% of supervisory, managerial and executive leadership positions in Utah’s municipal governments. The town with the highest level of leadership representation was Marysvale at 83.3%. The lowest city was Naples at 6.7%. Madsen started the UWLP about 11 years ago. Since then, the program has con-

ducted research studies on the levels of women’s involvement in a variety of areas, ranging from business and nonprofit organizations to education. This study is the first time they have looked into government specifically. “When you look at making change in any way, but especially social change, you have to know where you are starting,” Madsen said. “That’s why we do a lot of reports on this; so we can know where we are and where to go from here.”

Brooke Smith is a graduate student at Southern Utah University in the interdisciplinary studies program, primarily focusing on public administration and leadership. She has worked in local government for 15 years. “Representation matters. Having a voice matters. When [women] don’t have a seat at the table, we don’t have a voice in any decisions,” Smith said. see “Women” PAGE 3


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student team from Utah State University and Brigham Young University are finalists in the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition. The team, which consists of USU student Kimball Goss, BYU student Grant Hagen and BYU student Todd Paskett, designed a tool to make roofing more effective. It began with an idea Todd Paskett had in hopes to make roofing “cool.” “He wanted to make it modern. He wanted to let roofers be proud of what they did, because it is a hard job, and it’s a job that needs to be done,” Goss said. Eventually, Paskett started to design their invention: the Primus Roof Removal System. In 2017, Goss and Hagen joined his team. The Primus Roof Removal System, according to the Collegiate Inventors website, is “Roof teardown made easy.” Replacing a roof can be a laborious and time sensitive process, the website states. The Primus Roof Removal tool aims to fix this by using a self-propelled roofing teardown tool. The system is designed to increase teardown capacity by more than 75%, saving contractors significant time and money. The majority of the system was originally crafted by the team. Goss aided in designing each of the individual blades on Primus. The blades have been created to pick up shingles and old nails on roofs. Goss said he has years of experience with blades from working in his dad’s metal shop on the equipment. Goss also has his own business doing freelancing design work. “I want to help students make their proj-

“Women” FROM PAGE 2 According to Madsen, the importance of having diverse representation is crucial to any sort of organization. “We know from the research that, especially in leadership positions, better, more innovative and creative decisions are made when you have men and women working together. It’s about more than just doing the ‘right’ thing by having equality — it’s about better serving the community as a whole.” The researchers concluded their brief by giving recommendations on how to help more women gain representation in government leadership roles. One recommendation suggested partnering with educational institutions to provide more encouragement to women. Another suggested implementing more employee and family-friendly pol-

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ects a reality. I’m offering student discounts on my freelance services, and cheap 3D printing services too,” he said. The system currently weights around 140 pounds, but the team hopes to reduce the weight to about 60 pounds. The team also plans to install safety features, such as blade covers, to ensure the machine is as safe as it is effective. “The electronics system is expandable,” Hagen said. The team also hopes to create a version of the system that is wireless and automated. Their goal is to hit the market by Summer of 2021, as they believe there is high industry demand for a machine like the one they have created. Paskett is the CEO, Goss is the designer and Hagen is the group’s electrician. The team has continued to refine the system and

its capabilities with help and support from their universities. The support helped the team move forward with Primus and has led to national recognition. The team entered Primus into various university competitions. They have placed high in most of the competitions. The Collegiate Inventors Competition is hosted through the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The competition also has teams from Johns Hopkins University, Tulane University, Rice University and Stetson University. Finalists will present their inventions on Oct. 28, and winning teams will be announced Oct. 29.

icies in the workplace. “Women need to step up, continue to go to school and be educated,” Smith said. “Then they need to have the courage to run for or serve in local government so they can influence and have an impact on their communities.” Madsen stressed that even having one woman at every level of representation would have a great amount of influence, particularly in male dominated fields. However, she noted what she calls the “tipping point” which is when women make up at least 30% of the representatives at any given level. Ideally, she said, a 40-60% range will be reached eventually, making it so the ratio of men to women is roughly equivalent. The researchers hope the data they collected will serve as a starting point to create

a world with more equal representation for everyone.

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Virtual worship: A blessing in disguise?

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his year is the Cache Valley Unitarian Universalists’ 25th anniversary, a large milestone for any small church community. Which is why it was especially hard for worship team leader Emerson James when they had to shut everything down.  In March, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a public health order that resulted in the closure of churches across the state. And when it comes to churches, Utah is not just any state — it’s a state founded by pioneers and driven by a desire to find a place to practice their monotheistic religion. Many churches turned to Zoom, Facebook and YouTube to virtually provide religious services to their congregations. A lot of churches found those avenues of worship to be lacking in connection and togetherness. So, even as the pandemic rages on, some churches in Logan have resumed in-person worship.  Others, seeing that Utah’s case counts continue to climb, have begrudgingly continued online services.  But some have not only continued but embraced the new format. They’ve found that something they didn’t want to do at first turned out to be one of the best things for accessibility and spiritual growth.

Cache Valley Unitarian Universalist Although CVUU’s regular in-person attendance is low enough that members could meet in person under state guidelines, James said the church made the difficult decision not to reopen, even once they legally could. The leaders didn’t want to exclude members who might be at a greater risk. Zoom is the best format to “gather and have everyone be included and cared for,” James said. However, he added it just wasn’t the same.   “The most obvious element that is lacking with virtual as opposed to in-person meetings is the felt sense of being together,” James said. “Humans are filled by the energy and presence of others. This just doesn’t quite translate across a computer screen.” Even singing was strange. Hearing everyone simultaneously sing live isn’t an option with Zoom, as the program tries to center on one speaker at a time.  The alternative is awkward. Muting everyone and singing alone to yourself while watching everyone’s mouths move isn’t the best experience, James said.  But then James heard the music in a different, innovative way.  The church’s music director Lyndi Perry has started a virtual choir called “Choir-ish,” where she has members record themselves singing hymns and then plays the audio together for the Zoom services.  In addition to connecting through music, online ser-

vices have brought members home. James said the CVUU has seen an increase in the number of regulars, as members who have moved away are now able to join the Zoom meetings and be a part of the church again.  First Presbyterian  Before March, Pastor Derek Forbes of the First Presbyterian Church had never tried video editing in his entire life.  Now, it’s a weekly task.  Forbes edits recordings of himself, other speakers and musicians into an hour-long video service. After editing sound and adding lyrics and speakers’ names, he uploads the video to YouTube every Saturday morning.  He said the process has been challenging.  “I miss the social nature of worship, you know, just being there, shaking hands, talking and giving hugs to each other,” he said. “Considering what the world is going through right now, this is still a way for us to connect with God and with each other.” A recorded service from Oct. 4 begins with Forbes standing in the First Presbyterian Church to make weekly announcements. The audio cuts out at one point, and words appear on the bottom of the screen to apologize for the audio trouble and clarify the announcement. see “Church” PAGE 11


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Big meals, big boys: Football players share what they eat in a day

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Utah State placekicker Connor Coles (59) runs with Christopher Bartolic during a football practice last season. By Emily White LIFESTYLES STAFF WRITER

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nyone who played sports at a competitive level knows the food you eat has a big impact on performance. Utah State University’s football players are no stranger to this idea and have to pay close attention to everything they eat. So, what exactly do USU football players eat in a day? Breakfast is a must have, especially before morning workouts. Christopher Bartolic, a senior punter for USU football, goes for a simple protein shake followed by a meat lovers skillet at Angie’s. USU’s long snapper, Brandon Pada, explained if the team has a morning workout he shows up early and eats “a bagel with some peanut butter just to have something in my stomach before the lift.” After the workout, Pada has a protein shake. Connor Coles is USU’s place kicker. He gets his energy from a bowl of oatmeal 30 minutes before the team’s workout and, like Pada, drinks a protein shake after the workout. For lunch, Bartolic likes to have a sandwich, like an

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Italian sandwich from Jimmy John’s. Pada generally has an early lunch at Angie’s with the team and orders four eggs, bacon and sweet potato fries. For Coles, lunch is usually lighter. If he’s hungry, he’ll go for a bagel from the fueling station. According to Bartolic, dinner time calls for some carbs. He generally goes for a pizza, burger or pasta. Pada has an early dinner at 5:30 p.m. “I do like a high carb, high protein dinner. So, something like spaghetti with meatballs, or a steak and some potatoes just something that really fills my stomach,” Pada explains, “then I fast for the rest of the night.” Coles occasionally eats with the team for dinner, but if he’s making his own dinner he loves steak and potatoes or chicken and rice. Batrolic, Pada and Coles all have similar favorite meals: a sirloin steak with a baked potato and veggies on the side. However, each player has their own variation of the meal. Pada occasionally switches out a regular baked potato with a sweet potato and is “really big into spinach” so he adds spinach to get his

greens in. Coles likes to add asparagus on the side of his steak and potato and admits that asparagus is the vegetable he feels most comfortable cooking. Do football players have cheat meals? Yes, yes they do. Bartolic recommends BJ’s Pizzeria in California, but in Utah he cheats with a Little Caesars pizza. Pada’s favorite cheat meal is a bacon cheeseburger with fries from Chili’s, where he also gets “all you can eat chips.” “My cheat meal is definitely Chick-fil-A,” Coles said, “that’s my favorite. I’ve been sad they’ve been closed for the last few weeks.” His favorite meal there is the spicy chicken sandwich or the chicken strips with waffle fries and lemonade. —emily.white@usu.edu


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Five activities we all deserve olympic medals in

By Dara Lusk LIFESTYLES STAFF WRITER

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et’s face it, the majority of us are average Joes who — forget leagues — aren’t even in the same universe as Olympic athletes. What can we say? We just like chilling in bed instead of wrecking ourselves in the gym for 10 hours a day. Well, you don’t have to be down on yourself for your lack of Olympic qualifications, you just have to reframe how you look at your life. We’re all Olympic Gold Medalists in at least five instances: 1. Netflix Bingeing We rarely begin a Netflix show intending to watch all six seasons, each with 25 hour-long episodes, within a matter of three days. But let’s face it, it happens every time. Every. Single. Time. We don’t know how, we don’t know why, all we know is watching this show is suddenly a matter of life and death and sleep is for the weak. Netflix, you sneaky devil. Just you wait, one of these days Elon Musk will invent a mind chip that will advance our brains enough to thwart your mind tricks. Until then, excuse me while I go cry over the “Stranger Things” season three finale for the fourth time. 2. The “I’m-Going-to-Bed-Now” Lie Picture it: It’s getting late on a Wednesday night and you know you have an early class in the morning you have to be awake for. Being the responsible human being you are, you make the mature decision to go to bed early. This will ensure you’ll be well-rested when you wake up with plenty of time to put yourself together. Since you usually don’t go to bed before midnight, you decide 11 p.m. is a reasonable time. 11 hits and you inform your roommates you’re going to bed. And you do. You turn off the lights, climb under your covers and close your eyes only to realize the world might have ended and you wouldn’t know because you haven’t checked Instagram in five minutes. What if your crush messaged you asking, “You up?” What if the Kardashians said something overly dramatic that’s now being blown out of proportion but will be old news by tomorrow? What if there’s a new Tik Tok trend you’ll look ridiculous for not knowing in the morning? You soon realize you won’t get any sleep until you quell your curiosity. “OK, I’ll just check Instagram for one minute,” you tell yourself. And you do. You check Instagram for one minute … forty times in a row without a break in between. Which leads to the same on Twitter, then Pinterest, then Tik Tok, then You-

Tube, then Netflix, then — “Oh my gosh, it’s two in the morning and I have class in five hours!” Yup … just gonna leave that there ... 3. Diet and Lifestyle Changes … for a Week … or a Day … or an Hour … Since we’re not real Olympic athletes, we don’t have Olympic athletes’ bodies. Most of the time we’re more than OK with that, but every once in a while, we’ll decide to do a complete 180 when it comes to our fitness and diet. No more sugar, no more late-night McDonald’s runs, no more down Mountain Dew Kickstarts to stay awake. From now on, we’re only going to eat vegetables and work out as our hobby. We may even purge our pantry of the sudden trash we have in there and break our bank at Whole Foods and Lululemon for our lifestyle change. That’s all fine and

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dandy until we crave Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets and Crumbl’s warm chocolate chip cookies … an hour later. Well, so much for that. Ah, forget it. Who needs a model body anyway when food and leisure exist? 4. Selfie Craze and Selfie regret Lizzo just finished telling you that you feel “good as hell” while getting ready and looking in the mirror, you are fully convinced of it. Your pimples are hardly noticeable, the bags under your eyes are lighter than usual and, man, is your hair cooperating today! The world needs to see this work of art so you pull out your phone for a quick selfie only for it to come out horrible. Your pimple takes up your whole face, the bags under your eyes could sink the Titanic and your hair looks like a bird’s nest. As any reasonable person would, you proceed for the next

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20 minutes to try every possible angle, backdrop, lighting, pose and expression possible only for each of them to turn out equally disappointing. You now regret everything and delete them all so no one can ever bear witness to this monstrosity. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the “Selfie Craze and Selfie Regret.” 5. Saying, “I’ll put it on my list!” Ah, yes. The infamous list of movies and shows to watch and books to read we all have, right next to our pet unicorn’s stables and the Tooth Fairy’s mountain of children’s eroding teeth. I have actually had physical lists on my iPhone notepad at various intervals, but I don’t consult them as much as you’d think considering how much I reference their existence. Not sure what list I’m referring to? I mean when a friend is asking you if you’ve seen a show/movie or read a book and since you haven’t, they dive into an hour-long lecture about it and another hour-long persuasive essay about why you should watch/read it. “OK, I’ll put it on my list!” you say. Ringing a bell? “I’ll put it on my list” is such a spectacular line because of its versatility. It can mean one of two things: one, “Wow, that seriously sounds so good! I really want to watch/read that but I’m really busy at the moment and committed to watching/reading something else. I’ll remember it and get to it as soon as I can, though!” Or, two, “Yeah, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of in my life and I will literally never read/watch that but by saying this I’m implying I might so you’ll stop talking about it.” After it’s initial use, this line will morph into “It’s on my list!” And whatever it is will remain on your list gaining dust until pigs fly. So you see, you might not be able to run a mile in four minutes or figure skate like a Greek god on ice, but you’ll always be the Micheal Phelps of being an average Joe. —dara.lusk@usu.edu @dara_marie_

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he content of a film can be one thing, but it is the cinematic choices that bring the content to life. Take the cult classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, which focuses on a rowdy teen named Ferris Bueller determined to make the best of a beautiful day. He ditches school with his best friend, Cameron Frye, and his girlfriend, Sloane Peterson, to explore downtown Chicago and have the best day off before they part ways after graduation. Many would say this movie is a tale of teen angst, but I would argue it’s more than that, especially when you break down the plot and the cinematography of the film. Cinematography, or the art of photography and camera work in films, plays an important role. In this film, it’s not the camera that is moving but rather the characters themselves. This gives the protagonists the spotlight and the platform they need to keep the audience entertained and focused. Many scenes in this movie also incorporate “mise-en-scene” to invoke specific emotions out of the audience. Mise-en-scene is a French term meaning “placing on stage” and focuses on where objects are in a scene. It ties in with costumes, music and production design. For example, in the scene where Cameron, Ferris and Sloane visit the Art Institute, imagery, camera movements, music and the overall direction are meant to convey peace for the audience at home. It begins with the three running inside the museum before cutting to shots of different art pieces to set the scene. Next, we see our main characters join a line of little kids for their field trip. Sloane and Ferris remain optimistic and easy-going, while Cameron remains reluctant. We get over 10 different shots of popular paintings, including works from Pablo Picasso. This feeds into what is perhaps the most eye-opening scene in the movie

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as the camera jumps between Cameron viewing “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat and Sloane and Ferris kissing in front of Marc Chagall’s “America Windows.” In these shots, a deep focus is being used, meaning we are able to see everything in the frame. The transitions are smooth, nothing more than a simple blink, and The Dream Academy’s cover of The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” plays in the background. We feel peace and romance in the shots with Sloane and Ferris as they kiss, but Cameron Frye is a different story. In an article put out by the Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington, D.C., senior curator Eleanor Harvey explains that this scene is a turning point for Cameron and the audience understands “Cameron is deeper than anyone else in the movie.”

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The camera pans back and forth from a medium shot to a close-up and finishes with an extreme close-up as Cameron questions his entire existence. In a commentary on the film’s 1999 DVD release, director John Hughes said, “The closer he looks at the child, the less he sees with this style of painting. The more he looks at it there’s nothing there. He fears that the more you look at him there isn’t anything to see. There’s nothing there. That’s him.” This strengthens the emotional connection the audience has with this particular scene. We are supposed to feel for Cameron and remember a time in our lives when we felt the same way. The rest of this article can be found at usustatesman.com.

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Cinematography in ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

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Story by Jacob Nielson SPORTS STAFF WRITER

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and then 2016 and 2017 — has since made the transition to current head coach of the team. Singer played a major role in helping the Aggies win the title in 2012. He finished the year with a .403 batting average and a team-high 54 hits, earning himself first-team all-American honors. “Brad was an outstanding player of mine,” Doyle said. After losing in the region tournament in 2013, the Aggies returned to the World Series in 2014 and lifted the trophy for the second time in three years. “I had announced to the team before the season started that this was going to be my last year and I think that gave them a little extra push,” Doyle said. The 2014 squad that was so loaded, first-year player Jake Anderson didn’t even make the starting rotation. But despite that, he cherishes the championship and the chance to play for Coach Doyle. “That’s one of my favorite years. Even if you weren’t playing you felt like you were a part of the team,” Anderson said. “Norm did such a good job of making sure you knew exactly where you sat on the team. He did a great job of navigating young adults and really making sure that we knew what our role on the team was, and that we felt important.” Doyle admired Anderson’s attitude during that season. “Jake was amazing. He never once complained about playing time that year. Never once. He knew his time would come,” he said. And his time certainly came. After not playing in the 2015 season, he worked himself into peak baseball shape, playing in summer leagues and doing a lot of conditioning. According to him, he was prepared to be “the guy” in 2016. In 2016, he held a .481 batting average and a remarkable 1.000 slugging percentage, which helped him earn first-team All-American honors. But that’s not all. In a game against the eventual World Series champions Nevada, Peterson hit four home runs — a feat so rare, it has only been done by 17 MLB players. “It was one of those surreal moments...I was just like this is unbelievable, nobodies going to believe me. I’m going to call my dad after this and he’s not going to believe that it actually

happened,” Anderson said. In Anderson’s final two seasons playing for the Aggies, his head coach was, ironically enough, Brad Singer, who took over for Doyle in the fall of 2015. Singer and Anderson helped take the Aggies back to the World Series in 2017. “Brad had a young family and he took all the time out to be a coach and be a great coach,” Anderson said. “Although we didn’t win a world series that doesn’t diminish the amount of effect he had on the players.” All three recipients of the all-decade award have had a profound impact on the Utah State Club baseball team. And their dedication to the club is even more impressive knowing that all their time spent on the diamond has come out of their own pockets. “I volunteered 100% of my time, a lot of my own money, and the players had to pay their dues to be on the team,” Doyle said. “It’s so cool because you have all these players that really just love the game of baseball. They are willing to play with no scholarships.” Anderson said. Anderson thinks that that self-sacrifice has made it all the more gratifying to receive the all-decade reward. “We pay to play and so to receive this all-decade reward, it meant so much to me.” Doyle cherishes the time spent coaching the student-athletes — which included his own son Ryan from 2007 to 2011 — and credits them in helping him receive this reward. “I think they allowed me to be the recipient of the coach of the decade award. They’re the guys on the field, they’re the guys hitting balls scoring the runs. I was just there to help direct and organize and keep the machine moving in the right direction. All of the accolades that I got, those go back to the players. Without those players, I wouldn’t have received anything,” he said.

First baseman Jake Anderson smiles while playing in the field against Nevada during the 2017 World Series.

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n Sept. 10, The National Club Baseball Association announced its all-decade team; three Aggies made the cut. Head coach Norm Doyle, Brad Singer at second base and Jake Anderson at first base all made the prestigious list. “I was totally shocked,” said Doyle. Doyle worked as an assistant coach from 2007-2011, and then head coach of the Aggies from 2012 to 2014. In that time, he won two NCBA World Series in just three seasons. “One of my players sent me a message and it was a copy of the announcement and I’m like wow, that is just huge,” Doyle said. “Then I noticed that two of my players were on there as well, there were three of us from Utah State and that was more than any other university across the country.” But according to Doyle, it wasn’t long ago that winning was not a regular occurrence for the ballclub. “When I first started as an assistant, to be blunt, we were not very good,” he said. So Coach Doyle and then head coach Bret Al-Imari got to work. “Bret and I built this over a period of time, we got more recognition, more people became aware that there was even a team out there, we got more funding and it just started to grow,” he said. When Al-Imari left the squad after the 2011 season, Doyle took the reigns. By then they had built a talented team of 15 players — nine of which were from Cache Valley, including Sky View grad, Brad Singer. “It was a ‘Hey Hey Aggies All The Way’ mentality and these guys knew it and they knew they were good players,” Singer said. After losing just one conference game the whole of the 2012 season and winning the region tournament for the first time in school history, the Aggies climbed to No. 15 nationally, and earned a bid into the eight-team world series tournament, which the team won in convincing fashion, despite doubts from outside opinions. “We were predicted to be the first team eliminated, but we went in there and won four straight games,” Doyle said. “After the final out the radio announcer yelled out ‘the slipper fits, Utah State University, Cinderella, the slipper fits!’ It was amazing.” The all-decade accolades are a testament to how great USU baseball was in the 2010s, when they won eight conference championships, the World Series in 2012 and 2014, and then made another World Series appearance in 2017. The NCBA’s social media highlighted just how much of an achievement this was, which strengthened USU’s case as one of the best teams over the past decade. “On average each NCBA season brought 250+ teams & over 4,500 participants. Stretch that over a 10-year span & it’s truly a remarkable feat to be awarded such an honor.” Of those thousands of participants, just 13 players and one coach were selected to the all-decade team, which meant Utah State made up 21% of the list. “Oh man it’s an incredible feeling for sure,” said Anderson. “I’ve worked really hard while I was playing and to receive this award definitely means a lot to me.” Anderson — a two-time All-American who played in 2014


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Cooper next in line for USU men’s XC By Jacob Nielson SPORTS STAFF WRITER

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lthough 2020 has been rough for a lot of student-athletes around the country, few student-athletes on Utah State’s campus have been affected by COVID-19 as much as the distance runners, who lost their outdoor track and field season last spring and the cross country season this autumn. But despite not having any races to compete in, the Utah State men’s cross country team is training with a level of urgency, to reload on talent before kicking off an abbreviated cross country season in January. The 2019 Mountain West champions and No. 16 finishers at the NCAA championships, the Runnin’ Aggies, have to find a way to replace a lot of speed and experience. Arguably their top five runners all graduated: James Withers, JD Thorne, Dallin Farnsworth, Adam Hendrickson, and Luke Beattie. “We lost a lot of guys from last year who were great leaders for the team,” said head coach of the mens and women’s cross country teams Artie Gulden. “We were wondering who would step up this year to fill that role.” One athlete ready to step up to the task is Haydon Cooper, a senior from Mapleton, UT, who is hoping “the ball gets rolling” for himself and his teammates once competition resumes. “Haydon has done a great job. His teammates recognize that, too, since they elected him to be one of their captains,” Gulden said. “Haydon will continue to help lead the team through this uncertain fall so that they are ready when we are able to race as a team again hopefully in January.” The team had been able to meet together for practice every day. With this being “a bit of a rebuilding year,” Cooper, along with guys like junior Caleb Garnica and fellow senior Jacob Tew — whom he mentions as other team leaders — are using this time to implement the team culture that has been previously established. “We have a young team and so our goal is to try to instill the team culture that’s led to so much success,” Cooper said. “We’re trying to continue to build upon that and teach some of these younger guys what it means to be an Aggie.” The guys are practicing with a level of intensity. “We’ve just been trying to make a big emphasis on practicing how to compete, even without competition,” said Cooper. “So just trying to encourage guys in workouts to compete with each other, not necessarily in an unfriendly way but to help push each other. I think that keeping a focus on competition and improving that competitive fire has been a big key for us.” Another major focus during the prolonged off-season is to build team strength, or endurance. Putting in the mileage is the most important thing a distance runner does to improve because it increases an athlete’s aerobic fitness level, which helps determine your Vo2 max. Vo2 max — the maximum amount of oxygen that your heart can pump and your muscles can use in a given period of time, according to the American Running Association — is a difficult

metric to measure. But the best male collegiate runners have a Vo2 max of 70 to 80 and beyond. For reference, a good V02 level for a 25-year old male is 45. Many athletes on the Aggies men’s team are running 70-90 miles a week, with more experienced runners like Cooper and Garnica running 90-100 miles — some at high intensity — all in an effort to increase endurance and V02 max. How things go in 2021 remains to be seen, but the general consensus is that these efforts are ameliorating the team. “I feel like the team itself is improving a lot,” Cooper said. Coach Gulden agreed. “I think they’ve all enjoyed being able to practice again and they look forward to racing as a unit again when the time comes. But, the best part of all this is they are really moving forward as a team, which I know will pay dividends when it’s time to compete again.” On Sept. 22, the NCAA board of directors approved a proposal to push the cross country season back to the spring semester, meaning the team will have a chance to compete sooner than was initially thought after the cancellation of the season. The planned season commences in January and ends with the NCAA championship race on March 15. But there are multiple logistical hurdles in place — beyond the pandemic — that were highlighted by the NCAA in an official release. “There is some concern in the membership about conducting cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field in the spring term.” The indoor season is scheduled for the same time as cross country, with its championship set for March 13. Coach Gulden and others will have a decision to make: which sport will the distance athletes compete in?

“I don’t care if it’s indoor track or XC, I’m just excited to be able to compete again,” Cooper said. It is likely that student-athletes won’t have to use a year of eligibility to compete in the winter cross country season, so Cooper could race as for a fifth season next fall. While staying in college an extra year may be difficult for some athletes, for Cooper it would work out because he’s on a five-year plan for his degree. As the season approaches he believes he’s ready to turn a corner in his career. “The last couple of years have been really great strength-building years and I think that it takes some time to build that strength before you can really compete,” Cooper said. “I feel like now that I have some strength built up I think over the next year, year and a half it will come into play and help me be a lot better.” His ultimate goal is to become an All-American, and his best opportunity to do that is in the outdoor track 5,000-meter race, where he boasts a personal best of 14:24.59. He would first have to run a sub 14:00 minute which could get him into regionals and then from there qualify for the NCAA championships. Cooper is grateful to be chasing his goals while wearing an Aggie uniform. “It’s by far the best decision I’ve made so far (to come to USU) and I think that I’ve grown so much, not only as an athlete but as a person.” But don’t mistake satisfaction for complacency. “I’m pretty confident that the best is ahead of me.”

Haydon Cooper leads the pack for Utah State in a home meet during the 2019 season.

—sports@usustatesman.com @jacobnielson12

PHOTO COURTESY of Wade Denniston/USU Athletics


He is followed by three masked members who sing a hymn. There are several speakers, all recorded separately from the church, their homes or outside. Forbes said the idea of returning to in-person services is discussed every month.  “We have always stuck with online worship because infection rates keep going up and down,” he said. “We think the chance of one person accidentally infecting a handful of others is too great.” Until then, people are enjoying the online option.  Virtual attendance is up compared to in-person, and viewership is international. “We’ve had people from Finland, Singapore and all over the United States watch our services,” he said. “It’s pretty nice. I don’t know if that will continue.”  Alpine Church Alpine Church Pastor John Belles said his church went to online services in March, but started offering both online and limited in-person services in May.  Most people are opting for the online service, he said, provided through Facebook and YouTube.  “Certainly you miss the fellowship, the connection and being able to see people face to face,” he said, “But the services are really well done. We’ve got really good recording equipment so that the picture quality is good, the worship music is good and you can go to church in your pajamas from home.” Belles said the online option has been helpful for many members of Alpine Church.  “It’s pretty relaxing for families with younger children. You don’t have to get them ready and out of the house,” he said. “We also have some elderly members in the congregation and it just wouldn’t be wise of them to come to the in-person meetings. The online option for them is really important because they wouldn’t be able to worship without it.” New Life Fellowship Pastor Dane Wead of the New Life Fellowship said his church has been offering online and in-person services since

June. In the church, seating is limited to help members social distance. Attendance is low.   Online attendance, however, is another story.  The attendance for the New Life Fellowship’s online services, Wead said, increased by the hundreds.  “We were averaging about 300 members a week before COVID, and our attendance and viewership went up,” he said. “We’re now between 500 and 1,000 a week.” By broadcasting on Facebook, YouTube and on the church website, Wead said the church has been able to see where people are located while they watch the services. “We can see views geographically and people have tuned in from the valley, all around the United States and throughout the world,” Wead said. “We had a family just move here from Brazil. They knew they were coming here so for the last three months they’ve been watching us online from Brazil.”  Moving Forward New Life Fellowship, Alpine Church, First Presbyterian and CVUU all plan on making online viewing options permanent. After all, online services have provided unsuspected perks, like having people join in from around the world and providing accessibility to elderly or ill members. Why wouldn’t these churches want those perks to continue? “I don’t know if we’ll just go back to the way the services were before,” James said. “Transitioning to Zoom has caused our congregation to think more deeply about accessibility and the conversations that are most important to be having.” And after those conversations are had in churches around the world, technical difficulties aside, the way people worship will change forever.  –karcinrose@aggiemail.usu.edu @harriskarcin

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OPINION

Aggie basketball:

cautiously optimistic for new season

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ould you imagine a year without sports? How boring would that be? I, for one, cannot wait to enter the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and bellow the Scotsman alongside the best fans in Utah. Perhaps that might not happen for a while, but I’ll gladly take watching games from home than not watching them at all. Ever since I was little, attending a USU football or basketball game was something I looked forward to all the time. The school spirit is tangible during a game, and the countless fun traditions have made me a die-hard Aggie fan. A large portion of what makes the culture at USU so enticing is not only the history of success our sports teams have experienced but also the awesome fan engagement. There’s a reason Utah State has been listed in the Bleacher Report “10 Greatest Traditions in College Basketball” as well as an honorable mention in their

“Best College Basketball Fanbases” list. Bleacher Report writes: “By and large, their deafening, intimidating and sometimes annoying chants have played no small role in creating a massive home-court advantage at the Spectrum.” Fellow Aggies, I propose we do our best to keep it that way. We need sports at USU. It gives us a source of excitement and pride that is a huge part of the overall college experience. Many students rely on weekly basketball and football games to take their minds off their studies and show their support for our teams. Who could forget the most recent USU men’s basketball game? With March Madness just around the corner, the Aggies were determined to once again become Mountain West Conference champions. It was a tough match against the high-ranked San Diego State, and Utah

State struggled to make a single shot. For a while, it seemed like our Aggies had come to the end of the road, but Sam Merrill wasn’t finished yet. After racking up 27 points and six rebounds, Merrill led the Aggies to victory with an unforgettable game-winning 3-pointer. It was truly a proud night to be an Aggie. Before a single bracket could be filled out, March Madness turned into March Sadness in the blink of an eye. The NCAA tournament was canceled on March 12th. The likelihood of another USU basketball season seemed low. Still, the Aggies ended their season on a tremendous high. Only three teams in the history of the Mountain West conference have ever won back-to-back championships. Six months later, we are cautiously anticipating the start of the 2020-2021 basketball season.


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PHOTO FROM USU Today USU Today: Head coach Craig Smith standing with players honored on Senior Night in February 2020. (left to right) Sam Merrill, Diogo Brito, Craig Smith, Abel Porter, and Roche Grootfaam.

Although we no longer have Merrill this year, we still have the tremendous talent that Neemias Queta brings as a center, Justin Bean as a forward, and Brock Miller as a point guard. The incoming freshmen also offer incredible potential to aid USU in continuing the team’s success, such as newcomer Zahar Vedischev, who played for the Russian national team at the Under-19 World Basketball Championships. I had the opportunity to talk with head coach Craig Smith about what we can expect this season, and how the players have dealt with all of the challenges that have been presented. Several of the players on this year’s roster are international and, for a while, it seemed as though they wouldn’t be able to join the team. “There was a time in the summer when we didn’t even know if some of our players were going to be able to join us. Our guys at this point have been very, very resilient, but it’s been hard. It’s been hard for everybody… I’m

really proud of our guys and how they’ve handled things.” There’s no question that watching basketball games will be different this year. Obviously, fans will not be able to pack the stands like before. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be every bit as excited for this season as we have for others. Smith continues, “All we can control is what we can control. We have to do everything we can to alleviate the chances [of getting COVID]... But we’re super excited and very optimistic. Our conference schedule hasn’t been released yet-- we have nine non-conference games and feel pretty good about it. But we also know that can change. Whatever gets thrown our way, we’re going to have a positive mindset and a positive attitude. We know the rules and regulations, and we’re going to abide by them and make the most of every opportunity we have.” Despite all the challenges and uncertainty that the pandemic brings, Utah State has high hopes for the season. While some things

will change, there’s no reason why USU can’t continue to prove that we have the greatest college basketball fans. No matter what the future holds, I’ll always be an Aggie fan, and I can’t wait to watch Utah State basketball this year. Brayden Rigby is a sophomore studying Journalism. He enjoys writing of any kind, and spends most of his free time running and swimming. brayden.rigby@usu.edu


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Mental health and the Christian church W

PHOTO BY James L. W on Unsplash

hen the young pastor of a large church in Southern California was found dead in his own church building, no one saw it coming. Andrew Stoecklein, a 30-year-old man from Chino, California, had just given a sermon the previous Sunday about God supporting people and sustaining them through difficult times. He also encouraged people by telling them that they were never alone, and to always reach out for help. Shortly after, he committed suicide. His wife and mother found him on his office floor. Stoecklein’s story reflects a disparity in how Christians understand and approach mental health. It is time for the evangelical Christian church to acknowledge the reality of mental illness and to devote more resources to prevent these types of tragedies from reoccurring. Growing up in the evangelical church while struggling with mental health can be daunting. I know this personally. I remember being told I just needed to pray more, that I did not love Jesus enough or — my personal favorite — that I was likely possessed by a demon. Unfortunately, my story, and the story of Andrew Stoecklein, is not uncommon. Morgan Makar, a 23-year-old from the Salt Lake City area, said she has personally experienced how depression can impact a Christian family. “Growing up, whenever I wanted to talk about my issues with depression or anxiety, it was hard to go to people in church and feel accepted,” Makar said. Makar also pointed out something churches struggle with: the lack of resources. “We didn’t really have counseling available in the church,” she said. “’I’ll pray for you’ was the typical answer, and it was not really a comfort.” In addition, Makar recalls listening to pastors who told their congregation

that it was a sin to be depressed or anxious. Several of her friends were told they were not real Christians due to their depression. Finally, Makar remembers the terrible day her sister attempted suicide. “She was treated like a black sheep by people in our church,” she said. “My parents didn’t know what to do because we were never given any resources. They didn’t know how to deal with this.” Several years ago, investigators from LifeWay Research, a ministry-based Christian group that studies patterns and statistics in evangelical circles, conducted a study titled “Acute Mental Illness and the Christian Faith.” They surveyed 1,000 protestant pastors, 355 protestant Americans diagnosed with mental illness, and 207 family members of those afflicted with mental illness. According to LifeWay’s findings, only 39 percent of individuals with acute mental illness agreed that their church had “specifically helped them think through and live out their faith in the context of their mental illness.” That is not surprising in light of what the rest of the survey revealed about evangelical culture. Just about half of the pastors and family members believed it was the local church’s responsibility to provide resources for those struggling with mental illness. But there were two statistics that came out of the study that should give us all pause. A majority of pastors — 68 percent — believed they already supply resources for mental illness. But what do family members think? Only 28 percent believed their local church has adequate resources to battle mental disorders. Put simply, churches are not getting the job done — even though they think they are. What’s worse, of course, is many don’t think they need to at all. Rebekah Lyons, a popular Chris-

tian author and blogger, suggested in 2018 that depression could be healed through prayer. The same week, John Piper, a contemporary of Billy Graham, tweeted out from his ministry page “We will find mental health when we stop staring in the mirror, and fix our eyes on the strength and beauty of God.” Many on Twitter took that to mean an individual did not need to seek professional help or medicine for mental afflictions. All of these comments happened just months before Stoecklein took his life. As hurtful as this may have been, Kayla Stoecklein hasn’t withered in her desire to make her husband’s life meaningful to others. “Mental health does not disqualify anyone from ministry,” she said in an interview just one year after her husband’s death. “Mental health is not a choice. It’s OK to get help. The more we talk about it, the more people hiding in the dark, struggling, will step into the light and get help.” Ultimately, evangelical leaders need to start identifying how they can take better care of themselves and their congregations. Maybe if that had happened five years ago, I wouldn’t have felt so alone. Maybe I wouldn’t have left the church for so many years. I’m back now. I think I always will be. But how many have we lost?

Taylor is a senior at USU. She is majoring in journalism and political science. Her dream is help other people tell their stories. taylor.cripe@usu.edu


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